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SD23 Snow day

Postby jo2002 » Jan 7th, 2013, 9:45 am

Just wondering how everyone's commute is taking their kids to school this morning? Are the school busses running late? I'm not seeing a plow or sandtruck anywhere up in these hills yet, so not risking wiping out taking my kids to school till then.....extended winter break. Yes, I drive safe and according to road conditions, and have good tires, it's the other drivers I'm concerned about. Safe travels everyone! :smt049
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby GardenMum » Jan 7th, 2013, 9:47 am

My kids are at OLOL, i called a snow day for them as well, One was thrilled, one wasn't :dyinglaughing: And I am the same as you, it's the other drivers who i am concerned about.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby the truth » Jan 7th, 2013, 11:46 am

just got home its now10.43 am and hwy 97 has not even been plowed yet from the bridge to hwy33 what a joke
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby SurplusElect » Jan 7th, 2013, 3:14 pm

Elective snow day?

It snowed 10-15cm. This is Canada. Rise to the occasion.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby janalta » Jan 7th, 2013, 3:28 pm

SurplusElect wrote:Elective snow day?

It snowed 10-15cm. This is Canada. Rise to the occasion.


No kidding....I was in AB for more than 20 years and I can't remember one time the schools actually called a snow day...ever. The buses wouldn't run if it was below -35 with blowing snow conditions....but the town kids still had to go, and the rural kids if they could get a ride.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby gardengirl » Jan 7th, 2013, 3:34 pm

Call out the army, it's snowing in Westbank.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby jennylives » Jan 7th, 2013, 4:29 pm

The worst part of today for me was that it was Monday. Driving in the snow is fun.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby Glacier » Jan 7th, 2013, 9:32 pm

I grew up in a community in the central interior that is as dry as Osoyoos on average, but even there we once had a snow day.

It was November of 1990, and a couple years before the telephone arrived to our area - meaning the only communication was by CB or radio phone (for those lucky enough to have it). We woke up in the morning to heavy snow. We figured there would be no school, but for some reason we talked my dad into driving us (it was a 15 km drive to the school). Four hours later we were barely half-way and struggling to get unstuck even with chains on the the truck. By the time we got to town the snow was 2 feet deep and counting. And it was the afternoon. The snow kept coming, so we stayed in the hotel for the night.

When it was all said and done, more than three feet of snow fell. The official weather stations reported up to 1 meter of snow. Everyone had to get their driveways plowed with bulldozers because the regular plow equipment couldn't handle the snow. I've never seen so much snow in one dump before or since.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby Happytobehere » Jan 7th, 2013, 10:17 pm

I did all of my elementary and high school in Westbank in the 70s and 80s and never once were schools closed because of snow, and there were blizzards then that made today's snow look like a tea party.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby waterwings » Jan 7th, 2013, 11:16 pm

I well remember the 60's, 70's, 80's, and believe me there was not the traffic on the roads that there is today. I also know that driving in the snow even with regular tires was far easier than the light weight vehicles we have today.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby rotti » Jan 8th, 2013, 3:24 pm

We are raising a bunch of pansies and wimps if this weather is the new benchmark for a snow day. Unbelievable! Get the right tires, boots, hats and suck it up. In my day as a kid this was fun! The more snow the better. Snow forts, bumper hitching to get to school quicker and as soon as that bell would ring we were outside playing until mom called us in for dinner. We have to quit giving kids excuses to be little whiners and quitters. Life is not easy, suck it up and get to school.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby southernfrau » Jan 8th, 2013, 3:57 pm

We never got snow days and we walked to school in the deep stuff, slush, rain whatever. We had no school buses. And for highschool we walked 19 city blocks in all kinds of weather. Again no buses.... Back then girls weren't allowed to wear pants either. We wore a skirt over our pants or carried it to school and took the pants off at school. We used to throw snowballs also, that's not allowed anymore for fear someone will get hurt. All I can say to these kids now, is 'suck it up buttercup.'
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby Darlin06 » Jan 8th, 2013, 4:09 pm

I can't agree more with you. This is absolutely nothing. I grew up in Edmonton where I'd see temperatures of -40 and there was never a snow day. If it was too cold, they would keep us in our classrooms or the gym for recess. That was it...And that was only when it was approaching -30.

I've only lived in West Kelowna for 2 years and this is nothing. Heck, what is it today, -2 maybe?? It certainly isn't cold and a little snow won't kill these kids.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby janalta » Jan 8th, 2013, 4:41 pm

Sounds more like the parents who don't want to go out in the snow...not the kids.
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Re: SD23 Snow day

Postby coffeeFreak » Jan 8th, 2013, 7:06 pm

janalta wrote:No kidding....I was in AB for more than 20 years and I can't remember one time the schools actually called a snow day...ever. The buses wouldn't run if it was below -35 with blowing snow conditions....but the town kids still had to go, and the rural kids if they could get a ride.


That's the one thing my kids fondly remember about Alberta...we lived in Lacombe for three years and I think they had at least three snow days per year. Usually it was because it was too cold for the buses.
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